Book Review | Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Advance Reader Copy, 248 pages
Publication date:
May 13th 2014
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.


I love a good classic or fairytale retelling like the Lunar Chronicle series by Marissa Meyers which I adore or Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die so I was excited to see Alyssa B. Sheinmel’s take on the classic children’s novel, Peter Pan. Unfortunately, this modern and “beachy” retelling of Peter Pan kind of fell flat for me.

First of all, for a novel that is short in length, there was not much happening in the first 60 pages or so. The majority of it was Wendy’s inner dialogue since the story is told from a first person narrator, so while on the plus side, we get to know Wendy and her family’s past extremely well it also means that the plot moves quite slowly. In addition, I had a difficult time reading about how Wendy’s family and friends were so quick to dismiss her as crazy and as an addict. As the events of the book were real and not some hallucination on Wendy’s I myself getting rather upset at the extreme measures her parents took with her which included sending her to a center where she was tied up and told repeatedly that she was psychotic. Yes, Wendy is troubled and grieving, but I feel that what she needed more was some patience and understanding from her parents and friends. And this is what she got from both her potential love interests, Pete and Jas which is why she fell for them and ended up choosing the guy she chooses. In the end the synopsis was also a bit misleading as the romance aspect while present was not as predominant as you may think since the focus was on Wendy and her search for her brothers.

Anyways, this is just my experience but you should try it for yourself if you’re curious, maybe borrow it from the library? After all, just because I didn’t enjoy Second Star doesn’t mean you won’t like it either

If you like this book, you’ll love: On the Fence by Kasie West

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.